Chemical Peels - Peeling back the years!
Dr Puja Sarna has been expertly trained by Lifestyle Aesthetics one Uk's leading
companies in the field of chemical peels.
Peels are used to improve the appearance of skin, correct the appearance of
facial blemishes, and to reduce the effects of smoking and sun exposure. Peels
can also be used for reducing uneven pigmentation, acne and acne scarring.
Giving a rejuvenated facial appearance!
How does it Work?
Chemical peels are designed to accelerate the removal of old, dead skin
cells at the surface of the skin to promote new cell growth.
Chemical peels can take anything from just a few minutes to over thirty
minutes, depending on the type of peel that you are having.
There are three types of peel: superficial, medium, or deep.
With all types of peel you may need to use specified homecare products
before your peel. These products will help to prepare your skin and ensure
that it is in optimum condition prior to the peel.
You may also need to use specified homecare products after your peel.
Superficial peels remove skin cells from the epidermis (the top layer of
These peels usually use combinations of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) and
betahydroxy acids (BHAs) eg glycolic acid, lactic acid, salycilic acid and
This usually only takes a few minutes
As superficial peels affects the top layers of the skin.
Medium peels can remove skin cells from both the epidermis and upper
part of the dermis (the middle layer of the skin).
This usually contain trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and this is sometimes
used in combination with glycolic acid. The peel remains on your face for a
few minutes before being neutralised.
Medium peels may need to be repeated every 6 - 12 months to maintain the
Deep peels go deeper into the lower part of the dermis.
Performed using phenol (a strong form of TCA) and may require a local
anaesthetic and sedative
A deep peel is a 'one-off' treatment with lasting effects, unlike
superficial and medium peels.
Now for the Science!
Resorcinol is a derivative of phenol that has been used as a peeling agent for
over one hundred years. In higher concentrations, resorcinol has been shown to
cause a separation in the epidermis at the level of the stratum granulosum while
inducing an inflammatory response.
A relatively low concentration of resorcinol in the LA peel solution is less
likely to cause complete exfoliation with a raw surface area. Resorcinol helps
to provide a numbing effect and increases the depth of the lactic acid and
salicylic acid penetration.
Lactic acid occurs naturally in human skin as a part of metabolic processes.
Lactic acid in normal skin is partly responsible for maintaining the acid mantle
of the skin at a pH of 5.5 to 6.0. Thus, there is no toxicity from the lactic
acid itself. It is less irritating than other alpha hydroxy acids and is
relatively gentle to the skin. Several studies have shown that lactic acid has a
natural moisturizing effect on the skin.
Salicylic Acid penetrates directly into skin follicles, making it a very
important component of the LA peel solution. As well as absorbing into the broad
skin surface, this acid goes directly into the waxy build up associated with
acne. Salicylic acid unroofs comedones and pustules, opening the sebaceous gland
and stimulating the elimination of wastes.
The result will depend on what chemicals are used, how deep the peel is and any
special requirements you may have.
The great thing about peels is:
Simple and Effective
Multiple areas (face , neck, hands) can be treated at the
Self limiting no need to neutralise
Adding successive layers controls depth or level of peeling
Significant visible peeling
Suitable for all skin types
Skin healing in 3 - 5 days
Improves smoothness and texture of the skin
Increases new skin Collagen and elastin production
Dimishes fine lines
Who is not Suitable?
Peel is contra indicated during pregnancy
Patients with an allergy to Aspirin
Should not be used while a patient has an active herpes lesion
Retin A should be discontinued two weeks before an LA Peel
Ro Accutane should be discontinued at least 3 months prior to an LA Peel
There are some risks associated with chemical peels, including infection, skin
colour changes and scarring. The treated skin may appear darker or be tight or
swollen for a time. You will need to avoid exposure to the sun for some time
after your peel.
One of our expert team will give you full information on this and other
So why wait, book yourself a consultation today!